Public Schools Are Not Failing, But We Still Need Adequate Resources

This opinion piece is starting to make the way around social media –

We agree, our public schools have great value.

“Just as public schools bring us together as a country, they create a collective base of knowledge that is foundational to our democracy. To ensure our nation’s future success, we must cultivate broad public confidence in our system of public education.”

And this is one of the reasons Support Jeffco Kids fights so hard for adequate, equitable, and sustainable funding – just as we fought to pass Amendment 73, and are working so hard to make sure folks understand the importance of contacting legislators now about the $100 million at stake as the Legislature reviews change in the Residential Assessment Rate (RAR), which could free up these funds and may be available to allocate in the budget for 2019-20.

But we’d also like to point out, while in so many cases our schools are definitely doing more with less, we are seriously underfunded – in Colorado, to the tune of $672 million B.S./Negative Factor (per year); and since the Great Recession, the amount owed to our public schools has exceeded $7 billion ($7.5 billion).

If you talk to a parent of a FRL, SPED, 2E, or ELL student, you may find that our schools are not sufficiently meeting their needs.

Our public schools are an institution to be cherished and supported. There’s still a lot of work to do, and we believe that begins with making sure we are funding them.